Bonnie Newman Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications,
was selected as Journalism Educator of the Year by the National
Association of Black Journalists.
Davis will join other top honorees in Philadelphia Aug. 3-7 during NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair, the largest
gathering of minority journalists in the country.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be recognized with this award by my NABJ
family! Although I only have been in academia for six or seven years, I
believe that my work as an educator began the day I became a journalist
some 30 years ago,” said Davis.
For several years, Davis served as academic director of VCU’s Urban
Journalism Workshop, an intensive, two-week journalism program for high
school students that is co-sponsored by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund,
Inc. Davis chairs the Virginius Dabney Committee for Visiting Professors
in the School of Mass Communications and chairs the College of
Humanities & Sciences Library Committee. She is the immediate past
Secretary for the College of Humanities & Sciences Faculty Council,
and is faculty adviser for the VCU student chapter of the Society of
“This recognition by NABJ is something Bonnie can be proud of. She is
well-respected as a colleague, and her contributions to our activities,
like leading our search for a Dabney Professor last year, are
appreciated throughout the school,” said Terry Oggel, Ph.D., interim
director of the School of Mass Communications.
Davis also serves as an informal adviser to VCU’s student chapter of
NABJ, and is a co-founder of the former Richmond Association of Black
Journalists, which won NABJ’s Chapter of the Year in 1998. From
1999-2003, Davis served on NABJ’s national board as the mid-Atlantic
In addition to her longtime affiliation with NABJ, Davis is also a
member of the Diversity Committee for the national Society of
Professional Journalists and serves on the board of SPJ’s Virginia Pro
Chapter. She also holds memberships in the Association for Education in
Journalism and Mass Communication and the Online News Association.
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